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Berger Bullets Joins Nammo Group

Dear Fellow Shooter, Rarely does an announcement contain information that impacts the shooting community and industry to far greater extent than simple words can adequately express. This is such an announcement. We take great pride and tremendous pleasure in announcing that Berger Bullets has joined forces with the Nammo Group. This Norwegian/Finnish corporation is the home of a power house of premium brands including SK Rimfire Ammunition, Vihtavuori Powder and Lapua Bullets and Cases. The joining of Berger Bullets with these world renowned, premium brands ushers in a new era of quality, performance and product availability for the discerning shooter. First, we’ll provide a refresher [...]

2016 Southwest Nationals

Welcome to the Southwest Nationals! Like most big matches, the 2016 Southwest Nationals disappeared in a whirlwind after months of preparation by both shooters and sponsors. We had our biggest turnout yet this year, with over 400 competitors! Along with shooters from all over the United States, we were proud to welcome our friends from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we gave away over $100,000 in donated prizes and award money. 1000 yard firing line. Click here to see the 2016 Southwest Nationals Sponsors. Ben Avery winds can range from benign to downright [...]

2015 F-Class National Championships

High end of the 1000 yard line at Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ. We have put another F-Class Nationals in the books. For the first time, the NRA combined the Mid-Range and Long Range Nationals into the same week. The matches were held at Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ, and hosted by the Desert Sharpshooters Rifle Club. Running two nationals back to back was a new experience for us, but we were excited for the opportunity. After the storms. Phoenix weather forecasts are usually pretty boring, but we had some variety this year. Just a few days [...]

2014 F-Class National Championships

By Michelle Gallagher Welcome to Phoenix! It's amazing how so many months of preparation can disappear in what feels like the blink of an eye. But that's exactly what happened at the 2014 F-Class Nationals in Phoenix, AZ, when months of load testing, training and wind reading skills were put to the test during an unseasonably warm week in October. We were excited to see 175 shooters come from around the US and Canada, and even one all the way from Australia! Shooters and hospitality tents along the 1000 yd line. The week started with a Long Range Regional on the [...]

Firecracker 4800

By Michelle Gallagher Nancy Tompkins shooting. Smallbore shooters use personal windmills (top right corner) to help determine wind speed and direction. *Photo courtesy of Katelyn Hensley. My first rifle was a .22 Chipmunk when I was 7 years old. My mom believed that smallbore is the best way to learn the basic techniques of shooting – sight alignment, trigger control, natural point of aim, etc. I think she’s right. So my sister and I shot smallbore for years before we ever picked up high power rifles. Fast forward to 2014. I’m a high power shooter through and through, and haven’t shot a .22 [...]

NRA Ireland 2014 Nationals

Midlands range - 1000 yd line A few weeks ago, I traveled to Tullamore, Ireland for the NRAI 2014 Nationals. I’ve shot at the Midlands National Shooting Centre of Ireland several times now, and it has quickly become one of my favorite places to train. I believe the best way to improve your shooting skills is to challenge yourself, and the Midlands range is definitely a challenge. Some days, just hitting the paper at 1000 yards is an accomplishment, and a shot in the black is cause for celebration. Combine those challenging conditions with the beautiful scenery, tough competition and some of the [...]

Sinclair International East Coast Fullbore Nationals

1000 yd line. Looking back at the 1000 yard line. A few weeks ago, I packed up my rifle and flew to North Carolina to compete in the second annual Sinclair International East Coast Fullbore Nationals. The match was held on April 3-6, 2014 at Camp Butner. Camp Butner is a National Guard base close to Raleigh, and is always an interesting place to shoot. East coast humidity is typically high, and the range is surrounded by trees. They even have a little pond in front of the 1000 yd line. Needless to say, the mirage is very thick. As a [...]

Effects of Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) and Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) – Part 2

Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) The first half of this article focused on the importance of COAL in terms of SAAMI standards, magazine lengths, etc.  There is another measure of length for loaded ammunition which is highly important to precision. Figure 2. Chamber throat geometry showing the bullet jump to the rifling or lands. Refer back to Figure 2.  Suppose the bullet was seated out of the case to the point where the base of the bullet's nose (ogive) just contacted the beginning of the riflings (the lands) when the bolt was closed.  This bullet seating configuration is referred to as touching the [...]

Effects of Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) and Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) – Part 1

Many shooters are not aware of the dramatic effects that bullet seating depth can have on the pressure and velocity generated by a rifle cartridge.  COAL is also a variable that can be used to fine tune accuracy.  It's also an important consideration for rifles that need to feed rounds thru a magazine.  In this article, we'll explore the various effects of COAL, and what choices a shooter can make to maximize the effectiveness of their hand loads. Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) Most loading manuals (including the Berger Manual), present loading data according to SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute) standards.  [...]